Dennis Brown's smooth vocals never fail to set me at ease. The tone and positivity he emits, along with his subject matter, has made him my favorite reggae vocalist. This opinion was also shared by Bob Marley himself, who gave him the title, "the crown prince of reggae." A prodigy, Brown began performing as young as aged nine, and released his first album, "No Man Is An Island" in 1970 at the age of twelve.
In "Here I Come", his refrain, "my head is anointed and my cup runneth over/ surely goodness and mercy shall follow I/ all the days of my life" reminds me of all the goodness that already exists in my life. These lyrics are reworked from the Bible (Psalm 23:5), but regardless of your beliefs, the way The Crown Prince delivers these words will instantly transform your perspective. Sadly, Brown died in 1999, but his contribution to reggae lives on through his music and through all of the singers he has influenced.
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About the Curator, Caitlin Moss:
Drum set player and percussionist Caitlin Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has performed at such venues as the Skirball Center and the Ford Amphitheatre and has toured nationally and internationally, including performances in Mexico and Cuba, with Grammy-winning bands La Santa Cecilia and Quetzal. She performs and records in Los Angeles as a freelance musician and as a member of several original bands. Caitlin is also teaching drum set, percussion, piano, and music production classes at a youth arts center operated by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.